South Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company has recently collaborated with US ride-hailing giant Uber to produce electric air taxis. At Consumer Electronics Show 2020, Hyundai also divulged a new concept of PAV( Personal Air Vehicle), developed jointly with Uber.
Under this partnership, Hyundai will produce and deploy the air taxi and Uber will provide connections to ground transportation. Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, and both entities are also focusing on collaborating on infrastructure concepts to support their take-off and landing.
The concept PAV- S-A1 is an eVTOL ( Electric Verticle Take-off and Landing) aircraft designed for aerial ridesharing purposes. The S-A1 will have five seats including the pilot and have a speed of 290 Kmph, with a flying trip up to 100 km. The cruising altitude of the air vehicle will be 1,000-2,000 feet above sea level. During peak hours, it will require about 5-7 minutes for recharging.